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Castles of Ireland Tour

Enjoy a luxury 8 Day/7 Night 5-Star Castles of Ireland Chauffeur Tour from $2399.00*

The Castles of Ireland Tour of Ireland is a magical experience. From once you arrive, you will be whisked off on your own private tour. Ireland is a country of enchanting landscapes & unrivalled scenery – all of which you will view while touring daily from the comfort of a luxury vehicle & the service of your private driver/guide. The finest of accommodations will make you feel like modern royalty. Blissful luxury is truly the essence of this unforgettable tour of Ireland’s finest historic castles.

This tour includes:
1 night at Waterford Castle
1 night at Dromoland Castle
2 nights at Ashford Castle
2 nights at Lough Eske Castle
1 night at Cabra Castle
8 Days with a Private Driver/Guide touring in a luxury vehicle
Full Irish Breakfast Daily (7 Breakfasts – not included on morning of arrival)
All Taxes

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Touring Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive Dublin Airport
Arrive into Dublin Airport where you will be met by your private driver/guide and transferred to your luxury vehicle.

En route you can stop at the Dunbrody Emigrant Ship in New Ross County Wexford. Board the Dunbrody and walk in the Footsteps of Irish Famine Emigrants on their journey of hope across the Atlantic Ocean.

Travel south to Waterford City, an area rich with over 1,000 years of history. Enjoy the elegance of the 18th century at the magnificent Bishop’s Palace, climb the jagged steps in Reginald’s Tower, stroll the charming streets of the historic filled city center or visit the newly opened Waterford Crystal Factory.

The Waterford Museum of Treasures tells the 1000-year-story of Waterford from the treasures of Viking Waterford at Reginald’s Tower, (the oldest civic urban building in Ireland), to the story of Georgian Waterford at the Bishop’s Palace from 1700 to 1970.

Enjoy your first night in Ireland at Waterford Castle -As you enter the massive studded oak doors you will be embraced by the Castle’s 500 year history, the carved stone and wood panelled Hall, with its Jacobean style antiques and intricate original tapestries.

Day 2: Waterford to Clare via Tipperary
Travel west to Clare today – along the way stop enroute in Tipperary at the Rock of Cashel, one of the most majestic sites in Ireland dating back to the 12th century. This spectacular group of medieval buildings includes the 12th century round tower, High Cross and Romanesque Chapel, the 13th century Gothic Cathedral & the 15th century Castle and the restored Hall of the Vicars Choral.

Travel west to Limerick and visit King John’s Castle. The stunning new exhibition at the Castle brings to life over 800 years of dramatic local history. Time permitting you may wish to visit Bunratty Castle & Folkpark, Bunratty Castle built in 1425 is the most complete and medieval fortress in Ireland, the Folkpark within the grounds of the Castle is where 19 century life is vividly recreated.

Overnight tonight at Dromoland Castle – set on 440 private acres, Dromoland is renowned for the very best that Ireland has to offer: award winning cuisine, a timeless atmosphere, & a wealth of estate activities – golf, fishing, falconry, clay fishing and archery.

Day 3: Clare to Mayo
Today, enjoy the spectacular scenery of Ireland’s wondrous western coast. Travel north via Quin where you can visit the magnificent medieval Knappogue Castle and Walled Garden. Continue north via the town of Ennis & travel to the dramatic Cliffs of Moher and enjoy some time here. Later, continue north via the mystical area of the Burren region of Co. Clare and onto Galway City.


Galway City at the mouth of Galway Bay is both a picturesque and lively city with a wonderful avant-garde culture and a fascinating mixture of locally owned, specialty shops, often featuring locally made crafts.

Your final destination today is Cong, Co. Mayo where you will enjoy 2 nights at the famed Ashford Castle. One of Ireland’s most majestic castles, Ashford Castle offers the ultimate in luxurious accommodation with dramatic views over Lough Corrib.

Day 4: Mayo/Galway
Today you may like to experience the Connemara region of Co. Galway. Connemara is a wild and beautiful region of mountains, lakes, tumbling streams undulating bog, unspoiled beaches and panoramic views. It is a Gaelic- speaking region and has attracted many artisans, who can be visited at work in their studios. Here you may like to visit Kylemore Abbey & Walled Gardens, ‘Ireland’s most romantic castle’ originally built as a gift in 1867.

Alternatively you can take the Killary Cruise and enjoy the unspoilt splendor of the Killary, Ireland’s only Fjord. This 9 mile inlet has some of the finest scenery in the West of Ireland.

Return to Ashford Castle for overnight.

Day 5: Mayo to Donegal
Your travels will take you north today to Co. Donegal. Travel via Mayo & Sligo – In Irish, Sligo translates as ‘bay of the shells’ and this county situated by Sligo Bay in the north west of Ireland, is famed for its archaeological finds, its evocative landmarks and their association with the Irish poet W.B. Yeats.

In Sligo town you may wish to visit Sligo Abbey Known locally as the Abbey, this Dominican Friary was founded in the mid – 13th century by Maurice Fitzgerald. The site contains a great wealth of carvings including Gothic and Renaissance tomb sculpture, well preserved cloister and the only sculptured 15th century high altar to survive in any Irish monastic church.

Arrive at Lough Eske Castle, Winner of the World’s Best Luxury Country Hotel. A beautifully restored Gaelic castle hugging the shores of Lough Eske, near the fabled Bluestack mountains in Donegal, Lough Eske is a luxurious oasis of relaxed elegance, attentive service & exceptional food.

Day 6: Donegal
Explore Donegal today – Donegal is Ireland’s second largest county after Cork and where Cork has Ireland’s most southerly point, Donegal has its most northerly at Malin Head on the rugged Inishowen Peninsula. Donegal’s other key geological feature are the Slieve League Cliffs, which are the tallest seas cliffs in Europe.Time permitting visit the village of Glencolmbkille, an Atlantic outpost dating back 5,000 years. It is said that St. Columba established a monastery here in the 6th century and gave his name permanently to the glen. The Glencolmcille Folk Village is a true depiction of how local people lived in the 17-19 Centuries.

The Irish language spoken in this part of Ireland is distinctively different to that in the rest of the country with a heavy leaning towards Scots Gaelic in some parts, particularly in north western coastal regions and the islands.

Return to Lough Eske Castle for overnight.

Day 7: Donegal – Cavan
Travel back towards Dublin for your last night in Ireland in Co. Cavan.You can stop and visit Belleek Factory & Visitor Center en route and discover the secrets that have made Belleek Pottery one of the most enduring success stories in Irish craftsmanship.

Traveling south you can stop and visit Enniskillen Castle Museum. The Castle was built over 600 years ago by the Gaelic Maguires guarding one of the few passes into Ulster. Alternatively visit the Marble Arch Caves in Florenscourt County Fermanagh. Deep under Cuilcagh Mountains in Counties Fermanagh and Cavan, Rivers have carved out spectacular subterranean world that is Marble Arch Caves.

Enjoy your last night in Ireland at Cabra Castle – Set on 100 acres of parkland and garden, with the magnificent backdrop of Dun a Ri Forest Park, there is much to explore both indoors and out. Along the way you will uncover some of the past secrets of gracious living and a bygone age.

Day 8: Depart Dublin
A private driver will transfer you to Dublin Airport for your departure flight.

Suggested Flight Plan -Arrival and Departure from Dublin Airport. Tour can be altered to accommodate alternate flight plan.

2014 PRICING:

Low Season 2014:
$3699.00 US$ / $3999.00 CAD$ Per Person Sharing {based on 2 people traveling}
$2399.00 US$ / $2629.00 CAD$ Per Person Sharing {based on 4 people traveling}
[January 1-March 31 & November 1-December 22]

Mid Season 2014:
$4199.00 US$ / $4689.00 CAD$ Per Person Sharing {based on 2 people traveling}
$2849.00 US$ / $3149.00 CAD$ Per Person Sharing {based on 4 people traveling}
[April 1-April 30 & October 1-October 31]

High Season 2014:
$4699.00 US$ / $5199.00 CAD$ Per Person Sharing {based on 2 people traveling}
$3199.00 US$ / $3579.00 CAD$ Per Person Sharing {based on 4 people traveling}
[May 1 - September 30]

*All prices are per person based on double occupancy.

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